Headphones help memory

WE WOULD like to express our sincere thanks to the Toodyay Lions Club for their generous donation of $500 to purchase 11 Digitech Rechargeable Headphones for members of the Toodyay community who are living with memory loss/dementia.

The headphones with in-built FM radio, microphone and SD Card (to record music) are proving to be a huge success with the local recipients.

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Angi McCluskey
Memory Café

Outstanding job

BIG THANKS to Toodyay Cr Paula Greenway and the shire rangers – especially Chris – who helped with a situation that wasn’t your usual dog-related incident.

I won’t go into the details but a potentially messy situation for all involved was resolved in a timely manner without too much stress overall.

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Steve Weston

Too long for a letter

I RECENTLY submitted an opinion piece (more than 750 words) to The Toodyay Herald about the Toodyay Road upgrade.

I was told it could not be published because The Herald does not publish lengthy opinions from readers unless the author has a particular expertise in the subject,

I was invited to reduce it to half its length for publication as a Letter to the Editor but I can’t do that.

Anyone interested can contact me for a copy.

Bethan Lloyd

Horse saga on the nose

HOW SAD to read Dave Wakeman is being harassed by the shire and a neighbour because of a horse in rural Toodyay.

I am sure there are rules in place but the shire has been known to play loose with the rules on occasions, which it is entitled to do.

For instance, some years ago two non-conforming businesses were allowed to operate within a short distance of each other in Picnic Hill Road.

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Mike Andrijich

World-class opera in Toodyay

CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers and supporters of Opera in the Valley – a world-class, sold-out performance by Emma Pettemerides supported by Tommaso Pollio and Harriet Marshall.

Ms Pettemerides sparkled with a glint in her dazzling eyes, engaging smile and ability to draw the audience.

The repertoire included arias from the Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus and contemporary songs.

It was an absolutely entertaining evening and an excuse to bring out the ‘glad rags’.

The proceeds of the evening went to support the running of 2020 Toodyay Musical Fest.

Toodyay is extremely fortunate to have such an exciting talent as Emma Pettemerides within our community.

Susan Pearce

Why aren’t cameras working?

I’D LIKE to ask the Toodyay Shire Council whether the CCTV cameras that are installed in the town’s main street and skate park area are fully operational?

As most are aware, there was a serious incident in the main street on August 19 which involved a car being stolen and rammed into two other innocent drivers, one of whom was injured enough to warrant a trip in the ambulance.

I’ve been informed that the camera which is directly above the incident out the front of the Toodyay Public Library does not work.

Therefore, vital footage required to prosecute the car thief is not available.

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Brenton Chrimes

Rate rise is the last straw

FOR THOSE who believe the latest rate rise (for me personally it was not 2.5 per cent but seven per cent) is the straw that broke the camel’s back and I would like to simplify this reasoning.

The first straw is the Federal Government which taxes your income, adds GST to almost all goods and excise to every litre of fuel you purchase.

The next straw is State Governments that tax you with stamp duty, utility costs and constant increases, such as vehicle licence fees for your car, truck or trailer.

Now this rate increase.

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Gary Nelmes

Fantastic local coverage

MY NAME is Rod Christian, brother of the famous Bret Christian who owns the Subiaco Post.

In 2013 my wife Glenda and I bought a property in Toodyay.

We visit almost weekly and stay there for breaks.

It’s a great little town and we love the ambience.

We have been reading with much interest The Herald which provides fantastic coverage of the goings-on in Toodyay, particularly the council fiasco.

I noticed recently that The West Australian newspaper is also featuring articles on the problems regarding councils not doing their jobs.

Rod Christian

Edith is Toodyay’s Angel

IT IS not often that you meet someone who is so genuinely caring, selfless and giving but I recently met that person in Toodyay at my mother’s funeral.

I realised soon after that meeting that Toodyay is blessed with an angel and her name is Edith.

I cannot put into words how much Edith has helped me after the sad passing of my mother.

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Arna Sternberg

Lucky to have Sean

MANY thanks to The Herald and Ieva Tomsons for last month’s story about Christmas shop owner Sean Byron.

We are so lucky to have business people like Sean in our community.

I am still missing his partner, our beautiful Richard Walkey, who was more than just a local GP but a true friend.

Sarah Magee

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